India beat Bangladesh by 227 runs in the third and final ODI of the three-match series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Saturday, December 10. Former cricketer Wasim Jaffer believes Shubman Gill has fallen down the pecking order for the opener’s position following Ishan Kishan’s “record-breaking” double century.
Ishan Kishan replaced skipper Rohit Sharma, who was ruled out of the final ODI due to a thumb injury, and he took advantage of the opportunity with both hands. Kishan batted aggressively and scored his first international century before becoming the first player to convert a maiden ODI ton into a double century. The 24-year-old scored 210 runs off 131 balls, including 24 boundaries and 10 sixes.
Ishan Kishan Puts Himself Ahead Of Shubman Gill – Wasim Jaffer
Wasim Jaffer believes that Kishan has now moved ahead of Gill and says the right-handed batsman may have fallen further in the pecking order for an opening spot in India’s batting line-up.
“Ishan Kishan obviously puts himself ahead of Shubman Gill now. I feel a little bit sad for Gill, he was the frontrunner before this innings. He was the third opener in the line after Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan and now he will be in fourth spot. Sometimes you will feel why Gill is not in the squad, there is nothing wrong that he did,” said Jaffer.
The 23-year-old played 15 matches for India, scoring 687 runs at an average of 57.25 with one century and four fifties. This year, Gill has been impressive in the 50-over format and has scored 638 runs in 12 ODIs at an average of 70.88 and a strike rate of 102.57.
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Jaffer believes Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will be India’s preferred opening pair in ODIs. He stated that the decision needs to be made on the southpaw, who has been struggling to score recently.
“He did really well in New Zealand and with whatever other opportunities he got. But we have seen in the recent past that a few players miss out and get dropped and this is now going to put them in another dilemma.”
“Who is their third and fourth openers and what to do with Shikhar Dhawan. He is the senior opener and he has had a bad series. They would like to back him due to the kind of record he has. That No.3 and No.4 options for openers will be a question mark,” he said.
Gill scored 108 runs in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand last month. However, he was not selected for India’s recently concluded ODI series against Bangladesh.